LemonShark Poké, a “fine-casual” premium poké concept known for serving top-quality locally sourced ingredients, is going vegan. The third-largest poké franchise in the nation is not only offering the finest fish in the sea but adding a plant-based alternative to raw tuna to its menu in three of its California stores.
The California-based company is the first U.S.-based poké concept to have this vegan tuna. Made with five simple ingredients — tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, water and sesame oil — the vegan tuna to be carried at LemonShark Poké is Ahimi, a product of Ocean Hugger Foods. LemonShark has begun its testing of product at its Chico location and two Southern California stores — Redlands and Vista — are planned to carry the tuna alternative next before a systemwide roll out.
“LemonShark Poké's mission is to serve delicious food made with only the finest ingredients at a great value, and nourish the body,” says LemonShark Poké President and Co-Founder Tobi Miller. “When looking at our menu and where 2019 would take us, we knew it was time to offer an option for all of our LemonShark fans, which range from herbivores to vegetarians and vegans. We're thrilled to have found the perfect plant-based tuna with Ahimi and look forward to seeing how it is received in our three test stores with the hope of introducing it to all of our restaurants across the country.”
Named after the Lemon Shark who only consumes the very best fish possible, LemonShark Poké prides itself on serving the finest quality ingredients to its guests. In addition to traditional poké offerings, the menu includes shareable appetizers such as tempura shrimp and egg rolls, and its signature Hawaii Katsu menu that features cooked-to-order, delectable entrées including chicken, Alaskan cod and more.
The LemonShark Poké stores that are carrying or are set to carry a vegan poké include two Southern California locations: Vista (3245 Business Park Dr., Vista, CA 92081) and Redlands (360 Orange St, Redlands, CA 92374) and one Northern California location: Chico (501 Main St, Chico, CA 95928).